Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions set for PA

Governor Signs Executive Order Setting Targets

Joe DeStio
January 08, 2019 - 1:41 pm
For the first time, Pennsylvania has goals for reduction of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – For the first time, Pennsylvania has goals for reduction of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. At Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order calling for a net reduction in greenhouse gases of 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. The state is using 2005 as the base year for emissions.

“In the absence of leadership from the federal government, states and cities are stepping up and doing their part to reduce emissions. Here in Pittsburgh, public and private sectors are showing real leadership on this issue,” said Wolf.

The governor is also appointing a Green Government Council that will work with all state agencies to reach the target goals. The council will also reach out to private industry to join in the effort.

In that regard, People’s Gas CEO Morgan O’Brien announced his utility is the first in the nation to use high-tech methane gas leak detection technology to identify the worst pipeline leaks so they can be repaired first.

“As a company and as a partner to the City of Pittsburgh, we are committed to climate action,” said O’Brien.

The technology was developed at Colorado State University in conjunction with The Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach. Peoples has also been working with Carnegie Mellon University to predict which pipelines should be replaced to avoid gas leaks, according to O’Brien.